Day in history for February 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Nine hundred people left New York for California. People should think twice before rushing to the gold fields. In San Francisco, it is reported, 400 have gone insane.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Since The Argus was the first to present the theory that impure hydrant water is the cause of our city's serious epidemic of winter cholera, some must deny the theory. But Dr. Calvin Truesdale now has proved that sewage-poisoned water is the cause of our present scourge.

1902 -- 100 years ago
It has been many winters since we have had such strong ice in the Mississippi. Nowhere is the ice less than 15 inches thick. Five hundred people cross on the ice daily between Davenport and Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
One hundred men took part in a wolf hunt in the hills five miles east of Coal Valley, but no wolf was sighted.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, president of Augustana College, will introduce U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, candidate for the Republican nomination for president, when Taft appears at a rally in Augustana gymnasium Friday night.

1977 -- 25 years ago
George Reynolds, Cambridge, an engineering technician at Rodman Laboratory on Arsenal Island, has been chosen the first recipient of the Inventor of the Year award. The Arsenal invention evaluation committee selected Reynolds for being the most prolific inventor, having received two patents last year and filed for two others.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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